Sunday, November 27, 2005

News from Iran 11/27/2005

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005
EU may resume Iran nuclear talks-diplomats The EU is ready to resume talks with Iran on its nuclear programme provided it agrees to discuss a Russian proposal that it shift plans to enrich uranium to a joint venture in Russia, diplomats said on Tuesday.

The talks could take place on December 6, even though Iran has failed to meet an EU demand that it stop uranium conversion -- a stage before enrichment in the nuclear fuel cycle.
**Iran Press News reported that a Kurdish journalist sewed his mouth up in the Marivaan Prison in protest.
**Mehdi Khalaji, The Washington Institute produced a concise review of Tehran's renewed war on culture. A must read.
**The Middle East Quarterly reported on the Iranian security forces arrest of 28-year-old Iranian journalist and weblogger Arash Sigarchi and other bloggers.

Thursday has been combined with Wednesday and Friday.

Friday, Nov. 25, 2005
The EU Plays the Human Rights Card in Our Poker Game with Iran "Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides for the right to hold opinions without interference and the right to freedom of _expression. Recent cases have cast doubt over the Iranian authorities’ commitment to these obligations”, the statement said.
**The Telegraph UK reported that Britain and key European allies are using intelligence briefings to convince major powers that Iran is trying to develop nuclear warheads for its Shahab-3 missiles.
**Dow Jones Newswires reported that the failure of Iran's ultraconservative president to appoint an oil minister acceptable to Parliament has raised concerns about the fate of some major energy projects and created a domestic political crisis.

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2005
Ansar Hezbollah: “We must do battle with America in Iraq" Yalsarat Al Hussein, the weekly publication of the terrorist group Ansar Hezbollah which is under the direct supervision of Ahmadinejad, in one of its’ recent issues, explicitly called for: “the dispatch of suicide bomber terrorists to Iraq in order to “do battle with America in Iraq." READ MORE
**Adnkronos International reported that Rafsanjani said Iran is prepared to remove all ambiguities regarding its nuclear program.
**Iran Press News reported the trial of Abdollah Nasseri, ex-general manager of the other regime-run news agency IRNA will begin on Saturday, Nov. 26th. He has been charged with "“intent to stir up public opinion through publication".

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